Prime Minister Narendra Modi  has reiterated  that  social distancing is the only way to counter the spread of  COVID-19  saying  the virus does not discriminate and it can infect anyone. 

Interacting  with  the people  of Varanasi  through video conferencing yesterday,  Mr. Modi said, some people despite being empowered with knowledge are not pay heed to warning which  is unfortunate.   He  said the Mahabharat war was won in 18 days and  this war the whole country is fighting against  coronavirus will take 21 days and the  aim is to win it.  

Mr. Modi  asked people to speak to their doctors  before taking any medicine clarifying that  there is  no medicine or vaccine for coronavirus as of now.

He warned  the people that they should not believe in rumours about the outbreak. He added that the government  has tied up with WhatsApp to create a helpdesk to give credible information on coronavirus. The number is - 9013151515.

The Prime Minister also said, he is  very pained by the misbehaviour of some people against doctors, airlines crew and staff of essential services who are at the forefront of combating coronavirus. Mr. Modi said the stern action will be taken against the guilty.

The Prime Minister added that doctors and nurses are incarnations of God and they are endangering themselves to save  people and they should be  respected.  Mr. Modi also urged  people to help poor in this hour of crisis and promise themselves  to help nine  poor families everyday for the next 21 days.

The Prime Minister said, in  this hour of crisis, Kashi can lead the people, can teach the country patience, compassion and peace. He also expressed his  condolences to the families of  the deceased of the terror attack at the Gurudwara in Kabul. During the interaction, Mr. Modi also  answered questions of the people. 

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